Asda store bids to make 5am deliveries permanent
giant Asda has unveiled new plans to permanently change its controversial
early morning delivery hours at its Highbridge store.
company won the go-ahead from Sedgemoor District Council in
April for a three-month trial of 5am deliveries despite opposition
from some local people.
the company has submitted a brand new application requesting that
the delivery hours become permenent to enable lorries to make
deliveries on Mondays through to Saturdays from 5am each day -
instead of the previous 7am.
three-month trial period was put in place to enable the council
to assess the impact on the local community.
resident, Douglas Stewart, who lives in nearby Grange Avenue,
says: "I strongly object on the grounds of noise disturbance
to the local residents."
store is already a very noisy site. The only time of peace and
quiet is during the traffic-free period which Asda now seeks to
remove. I cannot see any need for this change to delivery times."
Planning Application - reference 11/15/00080 - is set to be considered
by the town and district councils over the coming days and residents
have until August 28th to formally submit comments.
Gapper from RPS Planning, on behalf of Asda, says: "The existing
delivery restriction leads to a lack of customer choice and waste.
Allowing Asda to accept deliveries from 5am on Monday to Saturday
will bring about more customer benefits as food can be on the
shelves before the store starts getting busy at 8am."
deliveries when the store is at its busiest leads to conflict
between staff stocking shelves and customers. In addition, it
does not provide early customers with the wider choice. Deliveries
as proposed will also result in benefits to the customer in terms
of a wider choice of produce and longer shelf life and life of
the goods once purchased by the customer."
earlier delivery times will allow for the first round of home
shopping customers to receive the full range of fresh products
thus benefiting the customer. The number of deliveries will not
increase as a result of allowing this application."